The Garberg is probably the cheapest knife I have ever purchased. I think the more I play with it the more I will appreciate it. For someone wanting a cheap blade for a bushcraft course would probably be better served with a bushcraft black if they were never intending to use it again, being half the cost.
I don’t mind it! Coming from a verified knife snob. The plastic grip feels nice in the hand, which I wasn’t expecting. The blade feels smaller than most other blades Ive had for a similar purpose. I don’t even mind the plastic sheath. I think if I were going to go through with a micarta grip and leather sheath I would have chosen the stainless model, but I think Ill leave it just as it is and give the blade a proper work out over the next few months and see how the edge holds.
I purchased this knife for a very particular purpose. For one course in particular requiring carbon to sharpen off locally sourced rocks and for weight reduction. Where Ill be carrying a reduced load on my back and where Ill be using flint to strike off the spine. I don’t want to damage the spine on a more expensive blades.
The height of the scandi to spine thickness ratio has been done well. Great performance making feather sticks, no scandi over bite that Ive seen on several other brands. The spine thickness looks the same as my RB3. I much prefer this diameter over past Mora models. The pommel sits proud slightly for striking with a mallet or for use with a ferro rod.
I’m purposely not picking up any of my blades with micarta or timber handles as a comparison until Ive had a good play with the plastic sheath and handle on the Mora. The Garberg will probably end up being my course knife, where I don’t mind flogging it.